When taking on this new Paleo way of life, one of the main things I knew I would miss is my beloved bread!! I am addicted to sandwiches! When I used work in Galway I went to McCambridges on Shop Street EVERYDAY for my sambo at lunch. I used be morto when I used to go through the doors as the ladies behind the counter knew my order precisely. I live for sandwiches at lunch.
Even recently I've been having hummus on crackers for my lunch, both of which are a no! no! on the Paleo diet. I thought I would find it tricky but in fact, it's been fun eating outside my comfort zone for lunch. I bulk cooked and some of it lasted 3 days in tubberware in the fridge. I have to say, the body feels good without bread, bloat free. I must to admit I do still crave and miss bread however; but that's where my cheat meals at the weekend will save me.
Now on with this fabulous healthy, zingy and fresh lunch. I couldn't believe how full I felt after it, and I managed to stretch it for 3 lunches.
- 250g of minced turkey meat
- 1 garlic clove, chopped finely
- 1 stick of lemongrass, bruised and chopped finely
- 1 thumb size piece of ginger, peeled and chopped finely
- 1 red deseeded red chili, chopped
- 1 tbsp of mint/corriander, freshly chopped
- 2 tbsp of oil
- 1 tsp of fish sauce
- Juice of a lime
- 2 tbsp of coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
- 1 large handful of spinach leaves
- 1/4 of a peeled mango, diced
- 4-5 leaves of baby gem lettuce
- Place the garlic, ginger, chilli, lemongrass, herbs and oil in and mini blender and pulse until liquidised to a paste.
- Cook the paste for a few minutes on a high heat in a wok/skillet.
- Put the turkey mince in the wok/skillet and stir fry until browned and loosened.
- Add the fish sauce, coconut and sesame seeds and continue to stir fry.
- Finally, turn off the heat and wilt in the spinach and finish with the lime juice.
- Arrange the lettuce leaves cup-side up.
- Distribute the mango pieces amongst the lettuce cups
- Spoon the turkey mince over the mango and finish with some more lime juice perhaps.
Note: Large pieces of iceberg lettuce leaves work well here too, use them as roll ups as you might use a flour tortilla wrap perhaps.